I have had the honor of conducting about fourteen funeral services in the three and a half years I have been a pastor here in North Dakota. Every time I conduct a funeral service I have been so grateful for the training I received at Tenth Presbyterian Church’s Round Table discussions. I don’t even remember the name of the pastor who led it, but he had many years of experience ministering to the dying and the bereaved. I was delighted, then, when I read this book, for all the same emphases were there. In fact, this book is a gem, because it states the issues not only eloquently, but pastorally. This is the perfect book to give to someone who is bereaved or on their death-bed. It is not long, but is full of comfort and truth.
What is so good about this book? These things: it shows the true character of death as sin in full flower; it shows the bankruptcy of the worldly way of thinking about death; it shows that death is unnatural and yet defeated; it shows the difference between Christian grief and non-Christian grief (the latter having no hope); it shows the vital importance of the resurrection as the lodestar for comfort; it concentrates heavy emphasis on the physical nature of the resurrection (so important because in large part it is the physical nearness of the beloved one that the bereaved miss) without de-emphasizing the importance of the vindication of truth that the resurrection provides; and finally takes all the sting out of death and judgment for the believer, while proclaiming the Gospel clearly to the lost. What more could you want in a single book dealing with death? May this book not only be instrumental in death-bed conversions, but may it spread comfort to Christians facing death and to Christians facing bereavement, and may it help Christians be equipped to help others in these kinds of circumstances.